Archive for April, 2009

30
Apr
09

Playoff Picks From Loge Ticket Holders – Round 2

NHL Stanley Cup Red Wings Hockey

Here are the standings in The Loge after the First Round:

Original picks can be found here.

(2pts for a correct pick, 1 pt for the correct number of games)

1) Commissioner Dangle – 16

2) LPSnipa6 – 14

T-3) PatVerbeek – 12

T-3) Freshness19 – 12

5) Clarkdub – 10

6) TheKiiid – 8

7) Coach – 6

Predictions for the second round are as follows:

Continue reading ‘Playoff Picks From Loge Ticket Holders – Round 2’

30
Apr
09

Battle of Political Sensitivity; Blackhawks vs. Canucks

 

Prior to the post, I want to thank these sites for helping me with the research:

 

SecondCityHockey.com

NucksMisconduct.com

TheFifthFeather.com

NHLNumbers.com

 

 

The Chicago Blackhawks open their first Stanley Cup Playoff second round for the first time since 1996, the year the Avalanche won the Cup. Although the series will open in Vancouver, the Canucks a 3-seed and the ‘Hawks a 4-seed, I have no doubt in my mind the Blackhawks will open the series with a win. Here’s why: I was walking by the boardroom to find out there are left over chocolate chip cookies and brownies! How does this correlate to the Blackhawks winning tonight? It doesn’t, but it’s my post and when I just walked back over for a second helping, I realized someone had dropped off some more. The first though that came to mind was if Chicago is any bit as good as the brownie I just had, it’s going to be a 4-game sweep. Let me dig a little deeper though, Chicago is coming off a tough 6-game battle with Calgary. Vancouver dismantled St. Louis in 4 games. The difference? Chicago is already playing at the tempo Vancouver can produce, Vancouver will probably need to go through the gear box before getting up to Chicago’s speed and skill. Overall, I cannot wait until 9pm tonight and most likely a rematch of what we saw at the end of the season. You have Chicago’s potent, and awakening, offense going against Vancouver’s stiffling defense and goaltending. Not to mention the teams were only seperated by 4 p oints during the regular season. Vancouver getting the better seed for winning the Northwest Division.

 

Continue reading ‘Battle of Political Sensitivity; Blackhawks vs. Canucks’

30
Apr
09

Must See Video

This video is compliments of a faithful Loger that wants to be recognized as “Quinn the Researcher” ‘TheRealOrr’. Thanks QTR TRO, keep the material coming. This video goes to show that hockey players are not only the toughest athletes around, but also the most dedicated to their team.

30
Apr
09

The Kid and The Great

nhl_g_crosby_ovechkin_576

It’s what we’ve been waiting for, or at least what Garry Bettman has been dreaming of since 2005, and thanks to some 3rdperiod heroics by the Carolina Hurricanes and a total collapse by the New York Rangers , we finally have a showdown between Sid the Kid and Alex the Great. Obviously this is a marketing dream for the NHL, having the two most recognizable faces of the NHL since Gretzky and Lemieux, (who never saw each other in the post season) squaring off in a Stanley Cup Playoff series. This has been a rivalry in the making since their respective rookie seasons. And with all great rivalries comes the age old question: Who is the best?

The Loge has had its fair share of debates over which player is better. While they both play very different styles of hockey, on paper they look almost identical. Since their rookie seasons of 2005-2006 Ovechkin has put 420 points on the board with 219 goals and 201 assists, while Crosby has 132 goals, 265 assists for 397 points.  A mere 23 points separates the two, while the differences in goals and assists between them can be attributed to their styles of play. Ovechkin, the flashier of the two, will shoot from anywhere , while Crosby is more of a playmaker. In head to head match-ups  they have faced each other 15 times, Crosby has the edge with a record of 11-4-0 to Ovechkin’s 4-8-3.

While this debate has been going on since their first games in the NHL and will surely continue on long after the Stanley Cup is hoisted this year, there is more to this series than these two individuals.

Continue reading ‘The Kid and The Great’

29
Apr
09

Round 2: Bruins vs. Hurricanes

whalers-hurricanes-jersey

Well, there has been a lot of talk about The Whale around Loge 19 lately so I will stick with the theme (above). After some late heroics in game 7 by Eric Staal and an epic defensive collapse from Fatso and the Devils, the Hurricanes punched their ticket to Beantown. I don’t want to toot my own horn or anything, but I did have the Hurricanes winning in 7 games. I know that an all encompassing knowledge of the league is expected from a Commissioner, but I can’t help but being proud of that pick. Almost as proud of my prediction that the Sharks were going to tank it against the Ducks (too bad I was too much of a Sally to actually put that on the Loge). Either way, the Hurricanes are coming to town and I could not be happier. The Bruins were 4-0 against the Hurricanes this year. They won 4-2, 4-2, 5-1, 5-1. 18 goals for 6 goals against. Looks pretty solid. I would say we have this locked up,  right? Hummm, I guess there are a few other things that may factor into this series:

Continue reading ‘Round 2: Bruins vs. Hurricanes’

28
Apr
09

Coach’s Corner

stc1994

Hello all, it’s the bench boss Coach, and after reading some comments and posts, I figured I had to put down the large amount of work I have due this friday, and write a little blurb about the Rangers vs. Capitals game 7 tonight.  Apparently I have been getting quite some heat from both reader and bloggers alike, and I’m not very happy about it.  I apologize for the absence, but I can assure you that it is not because my team is has blown a 3-1 series lead.  I was too busy winning my own championship, at the Gambler’s Cup in Atlantic City, NJ…pushing my men’s league hockey career to 5 tournaments with 5 championships!  If you all still want to talk smack thats fine, but I won’t listen until you can find a better dynasty than that.  But enough about me, and more about my Blueshirts.

Continue reading ‘Coach’s Corner’

28
Apr
09

Links From Around The League

Alright, another busy day in the office so I’m going to post some links from around the league. It’s easy, and lets be honest, other people probably have a lot more interesting stuff. Getting right to it, I really  hope you were able to watch the Chicago Blackhawks eliminate the Calgary Flames last night. Unreal game and an even better outcome. Also, as evidenced by the video above, the Sharks made a first round exit thanks to the play of Anaheim. Also another great game with some huge fights. So, without further delay:

  • There are more videos of the guy breaking down after the San Jose loss here, here, and here. The original link came to me from Commissionerdangle, who has also informed me not to laugh because that’s the condition he will be in if the Bruins are knocked out. Anyway, I know these videos are kind of long, but absolute gems, here is fan dedication:
28
Apr
09

What about Hartford?????

24477702

You are going to have to get a magnifying glass out to see it but Hartford may be in the running for a possible return to the NHL http://www.canada.com/Sports/expansion+contenders/1494460/story.html.  As a once, and long forgotten about, Hartford Whalers fan I have often dreamed about the day that Gary Bettman would wake up and bring The Whale back to CT. Although it doesn’t look like there will be any expansion in the near future for the NHL, according to league officials,  Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez is still putting in an effort towards the possibility . For the time being I can only sit at my desk and listen to the Brass Bonanza on repeat on my Ipod and remember the good’ol days of Francis, Dineen, Sanderson, Samuelson, Burke, Liut, Wesley, Malik, Pronger, Grimson, Sidorkiewicz, the list goes on and on.

27
Apr
09

roller coaster ride continues tuesday

This has been one of the longest and crazies playoffs series I have ever seen. It literally has it all, multiple suspension (Tortorella, Brashear, and maybe Morrisonn), multi-game suspensions (Brasher and again maybe Morrisonn), cheap shots (Brasher and Avery), great goals (Ovechkin), lack of security (Verizon Center), great goaltending (Lundqvist, Varlamov), poor goaltending (Lundqvist, Theodore), and lack of discipline (Avery, Bashear, Tortorella and Caps fans with great seats behind the Rangers bench).

If either one of the teams can deal with distractions it’s the Rangers. In the past year they have let Sean Avery go,only to sign him again. Let Brendan Shanahan go, only to see him sign with rival New Jersey. Fire their head and assistant coaches and hire one that throws water bottles at women. The list goes on and on…

Now it all comes down to the all important game seven. Continue reading ‘roller coaster ride continues tuesday’

27
Apr
09

Donald Brashear Suspended 6 Games

Donald Brashear

As suspected, Donald Brashear was suspended a total of 6 games, this penalty handed down at 3:45 today. Brashear was given one game for his altercation with Colton Orr prior to Game 6, and 5 games for his hit on Blair Betts. The suspension will last for the rest of the Capitals playoff appearance in 2009, and will extend into the ’09-’10 regular season, if needed.

NHL.com has more on the story.

Monday, 04.27.2009 / 3:45 PM / 2009 Playoffs Conference Quarterfinals
By Dan Rosen  – NHL.com Staff Writer

ARLINGTON, Va. — Washington forward Donald Brashear has been suspended for six games by the National Hockey League and will miss Tuesday’s Game 7 of the Capitals’ Eastern Conference Quarterfinal round series against the New York Rangers (7 p.m. ET, VERSUS, TSN, RDS) for his action both prior to, and during, Sunday’s Game 6.

Brashear was suspended one game for initiating contact with Rangers forward Colton Orr during the pre-game warm-up. Brashear was suspended for five additional games for a blind-side hit on New York forward Blair Betts at 9:54 of the first period.

“Brashear delivered a shoulder hit to an unsuspecting player,” NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell said. “It is also my opinion that the hit was delivered late and targeted the head of his opponent, causing significant injury.” 

Continue reading ‘Donald Brashear Suspended 6 Games’




Loge19 on Twitter